A ROE deer which became trapped in a garden has died from "self-inflicted injures", police say.

Wildlife officers from the police in St Helens were called to a communal garden in Newton-le-Willows with the RSPCA and a vet from Johnson and Wood Vets in Earlestown.

In a statement police said that the RSPCA's attempts to dart the deer were unsuccessful but after some effort the deer named 'Stan' was successfully captured nearby.

However, police said he later "succumbed" to self-inflicted injuries.

In a statement on social media, St Helens Police said: "Unfortunately he had some self-inflicted injuries from trying to free himself and despite the excellent work from the team at Johnson and Wood he unfortunately succumbed to his injuries before he could be safely released.

"We would like to thank the public for their assistance as well as the RSPCA and the veterinary team for giving him every chance.

"If you are concerned about deer in your area please visit https://crowd.in/whEILd or contact RSPCA for advice."